March 2014-Pura vida in my back yard
When we bought our property as raw land 8 years ago it was hilly and overgrown. Just under 2 acres with no driveway, John was often riding his bulldozer carving out the sites for our house, pool, walkways, etc. It was all jungle. When John finished the pool and deck and the place was fairly livable, he moved on and over time we discovered our private paradise.
We often sat on the terrace looking at the ocean. Joe would look straight ahead at all the trees and remarked that the trees were like a curtain—there is something back there, he said. We eventually uncovered a large peaceful scenic view of the valley and the river.
We always thought our property was not fully usable. We built where we could on the top flat part and the rest went down the back. Joe noticed that during the rainy season he could hear sounds of rushing water down in the unusable gully. This year we decided to check it out. We hired a couple of local Ticos to make us a nature trail.
They used wood we had in the garage and cut a few small trees sparingly and used that wood to shape the trail. They also built us a bridge and two benches. Now we wait for the rainy season. We will have a creek and a couple of places to sit as it streams by. Pura vida in our back yard